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Unfaithful (2002)



Critic Consensus: Diane Lane shines in the role, but the movie adds nothing new to the genre and the resolution is unsatisfying.

Movie Info

Diane Lane is a wayward wife and Richard Gere is her suspicious husband in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful. Connie (Lane) leaves her suburban home on an errand, venturing into Manhattan during a wicked windstorm. On a trash-strewn Soho street, she literally runs into Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez), a handsome young Frenchman carrying a huge stack of books. Connie has a bad scrape on her knee, and is unable to get a cab, so Paul invites her up to his apartment. Paul is quietly flirtatious as he gives Connie some ice and a bandage for her knee. Connie phones home and explains to her son, Charlie (Erik Per Sullivan), that she's running late. Before she leaves, Paul gives her a book of Persian poetry, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. She mentions the encounter in passing to Edward (Gere), her husband, but it's clear that she's obsessing about Paul, and soon she's back in the city, with a pretext for calling him up. Soon, they are lovers, and they grow bolder and bolder in their passion. Edward begins to suspect, and eventually gets a private investigator (Dominic Chianese of The Sopranos) to follow Connie. His worst fears confirmed, Edward decides to confront Paul, a decision that will come to haunt him. While the screenplay for Unfaithful is credited to Alvin Sargent (Ordinary People) and William Broyles Jr. (Cast Away), the inspiration for Lyne's film came from Claude Chabrol's acclaimed 1969 film La Femme Infidele. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovimore
Rating: R (for sexuality, language and a scene of violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Alvin Sargent, William Broyles
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 17, 2002
Box Office: $52.7M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Diane Lane
as Connie Sumner
Richard Gere
as Edward Sumner
Olivier Martinez
as Paul Martel
Zeljko Ivanek
as Detective Dean
Chad Lowe
as Bill Stone
Erich Anderson
as Bob Gaylord
Damon Gupton
as Other Businessman
Marc Forget
as Cafe Bartender
Dominic Chianese
as Frank Wilson
George Miller (I)
as Businessman No. 1
Paul D. Failla
as Businessman No. 2
Hal Smith-Reynolds
as Businessman No. 3
Tyree Michael Simpso...
as Businessman No. 4
Liza Colon-Zayas
as Grumpy Teacher
Al Cayne
as Parking Lot Attendan...
Murielle Arden
as Other Woman
Salem Ludwig
as Man with Suitcase
Matthew Maitland
as Crying Boy
Charles Glaser
as Father of Crying Boy
eljko Ivanek
as Detective Dean
Gary Basaraba
as Detective Mirojnick
Frederikke Borge
as Aunt Rikke
Russell Gibson
as Uncle Russell
Maria Gelardi
as Aunt Maria
Leslie Shenkel
as Uncle Les
Sophia Wu
as Dry Cleaner
Tommy R. McGoldrick
as Cop Outside Auction
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Critic Reviews for Unfaithful

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (42)

Not for kids, but some adults will like it.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Works precisely because it is so upsetting, unusually so for a studio film, and so empathetic for Connie at the hands of her attractive manipulator. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | February 1, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Unfaithful is not so much about the conventions of a typical bored housewife falls for exotic foreigner with disastrous results story, but in fact plumbs the depths of what really constitutes intimacy, and how complacency, rather than the melodramatic ups

Full Review… | July 2, 2008
IGN Movies

[Diane Lane] is more than enough reason to see Unfaithful.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007

The outstanding performances help smooth over the plot devices.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Gere is convincing in a role that he most likely would have not taken even five years ago.

Full Review… | August 20, 2003

Audience Reviews for Unfaithful


Somewhere between soft core porn and an Oscar nominated drama.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


"Unfaithful" works because it has solid actors as the leads, steady direction, and a script that ties together so many small objects and encounters in such non-contrivance that it's a thrill to watch unfold. Unfortunately, the story does fall into cliche in the picture's first half, but it's in the expertly crafted final shot where the film finds it's own identity.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

Really good. A bored housewife has an affair with a French man that she meets during a storm. The first half of this is about the sneaking around, the second half takes a turn I didn't expect and really gets quite dark. I did not expect this to be as good as it was.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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